KSRelief working to alleviate Yemeni suffering

KSA Relief hygiene kits for distribution in Hodeidah. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 31 July 2019

KSRelief working to alleviate Yemeni suffering

  • “We’re keen to support all in need around the world”

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is working in Yemen with a comprehensive plan to alleviate people’s suffering in the war-torn country.

“We’re keen to support all in need around the world. In Yemen, we’ve implemented 363 projects in all areas without exception, at a total cost of $2.26 billion,” KSRelief’s Communication and Media Center told Arab News on Monday.

“These projects cover many lifesaving sectors including food security, health and education,” it said.

“Our vital humanitarian projects serve the Yemeni people, helping them feel safe in their homes and communities,” it added.

“Under the guidance of the Kingdom’s leadership, KSRelief will continue to implement programs until stability, development and well-being are achieved,” the center said.

“Our vision is to become a leading center for relief and humanitarian activities, and to transfer our values to the world,” it added.

“Our mission is to manage and coordinate relief activities internationally to ensure the provision of external aid in line with national interests.”

Abed Araqib Fateh, Yemen’s minister of local administration and chairman of the High Relief Committee, thanked the Saudi king and crown prince for their continuous support for humanitarian work in Yemen, and for caring about all those in need there.

Fateh made these remarks at a meeting on the humanitarian situation in Yemen’s Hodeidah, Taiz and Lahij governorates, which was held at the KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Emirates Red Crescent, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration, and the World Food Program. Participants discussed ways to improve the humanitarian situation in the governorates and implement more health, education and environmental projects.

Fateh praised KSRelief’s MASAM project for land mine clearance and its Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Program.

The latter provides comprehensive support for children traumatized by the conflict in Yemen, some of whom have been recruited into armed combat by Houthi militias, while others have lost parents or have been severely injured by Houthi-planted land mines.

The program aims to eventually provide rehabilitation services for at least 2,000 Yemeni children conscripted by the Houthis.

As part of the program, KSRelief last week organized a recreational trip, including games, for 26 former child soldiers in Ma’rib governorate.

KSRelief has also resumed work to complete a road in the city of Lahij connecting Taiz and Aden, as part of its Livelihoods Improvement Project, which provides jobs to Yemeni youths.

The center is continuing to undertake training courses through the project, the latest held in Al-Jawf governorate.

Its Deputy Gov. Abdullah Al-Hashedi praised the initiative and stressed the importance of empowering young Yemenis to contribute to local and national development.

KSRelief recently distributed hygiene kits for 128 displaced families in Bani Jaber camp in Hodeidah as part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project to improve living conditions for displaced people.

Furthermore, KSRelief continues to implement its You Are Not Alone Project, whose current phase is providing psychological support to 420 Yemeni children who have lost their fathers.

The project helps children live normal lives, and gives them opportunities to learn new skills. Launched in January, it aims to protect orphans and provide them with homes, education, health, food and psychological support.

KSRelief is also offering vocational courses for women. Certificates are issued and tools procured for beneficiaries according to their specialization.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 41 min 26 sec ago

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.